How To Set Up A Wireless Network Using WPA/WPA2 With Radius Authentication With CIITIX-WiFi

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Submitted by lashfay (Contact Author) (Forums) on Mon, 2010-09-20 18:09. :: Linux | Other

How To Set Up A Wireless Network Using WPA/WPA2 With Radius Authentication With CIITIX-WiFi

Preface

For more documentation downloads and support head to http://ciitix.ciit.net.pk and remember to check out the forums. This document serves as quick guide on how to set up a wireless network using WPA / WPA2 with radius authentication. This document will only cover the basics and is not exhaustive of all possibilities and features but with this information and basic networking skills you should be able to get running very soon. No knowledge if Linux is assumed in this guide and for the most part its spelled out with screen shots.

I'd like to thank the team who created this easy way of implementing radius authentication for WiFi and believe it's the only package around which is aimed at a turn key solution meaning no compiling, setting up databases and the like. After all everyone has enough to worry about keeping there IT infrastructure working. I decided to do this guide for the users wanting to try out and implement radius authentication for WiFi security. This project is still very new, and at time of writing the latest version is v1.1.

 

Prerequisites

1) You have downloaded the ISO file and have that ready to install; see http://ciitix.ciit.net.pk for downloads.

2) You have an access point / wireless router which is capable of WPA / WPA2 enterprise setup.

3) Basic networking skills and computing skills, and hardware ready to install CIITIX-WiFi

The PC which you will be installing CIITIX-WiFi on does not need to be a super spec machine, but if is being deployed as a mission critical assset you will be better off using new hardware or a virtual machine.

The installation hardware which was used for this tutorial was VMWare ESXi server, 1 vCPU, 1 vHDD (4gb), 768 Ram.

And just for trivia while sitting idle it is using 10Mhz and 7mb ram. Anything Pentium 3 based and up will suffice.

 

Let's get started

Burn your ISO onto CD and place that into your drive, and boot from the CD drive. Make sure you have no important data on the hard disk because the installation will destroy all existing data on the drive you install to.

1) After your system is booted you will see the following screen, at this point you choose 'Start GUI Install' and hit enter.

2) On the next screen you will choose your language.

3) Choose your geographic region:

4) Configure the host name for the system, if unsure leave it as debian:

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5) Configure the system clock / choose your time zone:

6) Partition your installation disk, choose Guided - use entire disk:

7) Choose your hard disk:

8) Select All files in one partition:

9) Choose Finish partitioning and write changes to disk:

10) Choose Yes - this will destroy any data on the disk!

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11) Relax while everything installs...

12) The installer will now ask for usernames and passwords you will use later on to administer the system. Fill these out, not all screens are here as it's very simple.

Remember the root password!

13) Select Yes to install the GRUB boot loader to the drive:

14) The installation is now complete.


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